Four women, each representing an England Golf region, have been selected as national finalists in the Fuller’s London Pride Steward of the Year competition.
The 2012 winner will be announced at a celebratory lunch in London on Friday, 2nd November, when all four finalists will also receive their regional awards. This is the first time that all the regional winners have been women. They are:
Samantha Hudson of Swaffham Golf Club, Norfolk – South East Region
Yvonne James of Rugby Golf Club, Rugby, Warwickshire – Midlands Region
Dawn Stacey of Wath Golf Club, Rotherham, Yorkshire – North Region,
Anna Tyson of Dainton Park Golf Club, Devon – South West Region
The competition, now in its sixth year, is run jointly by England Golf and Fuller’s and aims to identify the golf club steward who provides the most welcoming and enjoyable experience at the 19th hole.
Hundreds of club members, visitors and golf club managers put forward nominations over a two-month voting period. These were read and reviewed by representatives of England Golf and Fuller’s, with the help of 2011 Steward of the Year, Scott Parker from Buckingham Golf Club, and were whittled down to a shortlist of 12 stewards: three from each region.
The shortlisted stewards – which included eight women – were all visited personally by England Golf and Fuller’s representatives who experienced firsthand the exceptional service they provide. The regional winners were selected after the candidates were judged on their level of commitment, innovation and standard of service and presentation, together with that extra special something which sets them apart.
The Steward of the Year will win tickets to an international cricket match, as well as an overnight stay at a Fuller’s hotel. Their club will also receive the opportunity to work closely with Fuller’s to increase their marketability through advertising opportunities in their local press.
Mark Roberts, Brands Marketing Manager for Fuller’s, said: “We have had some fantastic nominations for the competition this year and have been really impressed with the quality of stewards we have had put forward.”
Paul Keeling, England Golf Club Services Manager, added: “The stature of this award grows every year and it is very important we acknowledge the lasting impression a steward can make by their outstanding service to members and visitors and their contribution to the business as a whole.”
The 12 regional finalists were:
Keith and Lynne Bolton – Bingley St Ives Golf Club, West Yorkshire.
Dawn Stacey – Wath Golf Club, South Yorkshire
Simon Ward – Wilmslow Golf Club, Cheshire
James Hilton – Trentham Golf Club, Staffordshire
Yvonne James – Rugby Golf Club, Warwickshire
Luke Ryan – Coventry Hearsall Golf Club, West Midlands
Lynne Day – Henley Golf Club, Oxfordshire
Samantha Hudson – Swaffham Golf Club, Norfolk
Jason Waddington – Leighton Buzzard Golf Club, Bedfordshire.
Kevin Brown – Sherborne Golf Club, Dorset
Sharon Covey – Mullion Golf Club, Cornwall
Anna Tyson – Dainton Park Golf Club, Devon